The Barenboim Beat

Haze and I were watching this Friday night Proms concert from a couple of months ago. Daniel Barenboims florid (some will say ‘passionate’ some might say ‘histrionic’) conducting of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was fascinating. So much so, I stopped listening to the music completely and filmed a few clips of him ‘performing’ instead.

For this video I’ve muted what he conducted and substituted something that matches, or exaggerates, his OTT flamboyant antics.

No doubt he’s a very lovely man. But some of the slashing and swiping he does with his baton is a bit, er, scary.

Vid: Ian Nisbet


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